AirDrop between iOS and Mac devices

AirDrop is a great way to quickly share files between Macs or between iOS devices. Prior to OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 the sharing was locked; Macs could only share between Macs and iOS devices could only share between iOS devices. OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 you can now wirelessly transfer files between iPhone, iPad, Mac computers.

Here is an example of using AirDrop to share a file from a Mac to a device running iOS 8:
  • Open a Finder window on the Mac and select "AirDrop" form the Favorites sidebar. If Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are not both enabled you may have to select "Turn On Wi-Fi and Bluetooth" "Turn on Bluetooth" or "Turn on Wi-FI" in the right window pane.

  • Change the "Allow me to be discovered by:" drop-down menu to "Everyone"

  • Go to the iOS 8 device and swipe up from the bottom of the screen to activate the "Control Center". Select the AirDrop menu at the bottom/middle of the screen and change it to "Everyone"

  • Go back to the Mac and make sure that the iOS device is seen. It may take a little time for the devices to see each other.

  • Find the file that you would like to transfer to the iOS device and either drag and drop it on top of the iOS Device in the AirDrop window or right-click on it and select Share → AirDrop and then select the iOS device

  • Accept the incoming file on the iOS device

The process is very similar for going from an iOS device to a Mac or from iOS to iOS and from a Mac to a Mac.

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